Brendan McKay - 1B Tampa Bay Rays

Brendan McKay

Age: 22 (12/18/95)

Bats/Throws: L/L

Height/Weight: 6’2” 212 lbs.

Team/Level/League: Charlotte Stone Crabs/High A/Florida State League


Athletic build, thick shoulders, well-proportioned frame. Minimal body projection - likely to add ~10 pounds of good weight.


Quiet set up, minimal movement to load. Hands move in sync with hips. Swing has no wasted effort

Hit Tool:

45/60 - Uses the whole field. Allows the ball to get deep. Patient hitter, cerebral. At times, too patient, taking hittable pitches for strikes. At times, appears in between FBs and off-speed. Approach should improve with reps however reps may be limited due to pitching schedule.

Game Power:

50/60 - Easy power. Plus bat speed. Power plays to gaps at present with flashes of pull-side pop. Game power should improve in-line with hit tool. Swing has natural loft that will lead to high flyball rate.

Raw Power:

60/65 - Ball jumps off bat. Line drives with carry. Power comes from short, efficient swing and plus bat speed. May play up a tick with increased strength.


30/30 - Below average runner. Is athletic and can take extra bases. Not a SB threat. Quickness allows speed to play up to 40/45 in-games.


50/55 - Slick defender, soft hands. Moves well around the bag.


70/70 - Plus throwing arm for 1B. Accurate throws. Arm has minimal impact in-game due to position.


55 - McKay has all the tools to become a middle-of-the-order impact bat. The swing is fluid with no wasted effort. Tools play down a tick though primarily due to the lack of reps/development he will receive as a hitter. Most notably, this is seen in the current hit tool where McKay is too patient. The takes put him in a consistent 2 strike hole against advanced pitchers. His at-bats tend to improve late into games. However, there is enough to like in the profile to continue his development as a two-way player. The hit tool will improve with reps. He is a cerebral hitter with a plan. Once he figures out how pitchers are working him, the bat could play to a .280 average with 20+ HR and a high BB rate.